1. Endodontics is a combination of two Greek words meaning “inner” (endo) “tooth” (odont). Endodontic treatment dates back to the 17th century, luckily though, the discipline has come a long way technologically.
2. It focuses on the study, diagnosis, and treatment of the internal structures of the tooth. This can include root canal therapy, apicoectomy, and treatment of tooth infections. Endodontists are general dentists with two to four years of additional, focused education.
3. Root canal therapy relieves pain. Contrary to long-discredited information, root canal treatment is not the cause of tooth pain; it eliminates the source of pain, which is usually an infection or trauma. Modern numbing treatments and precision instruments relieve or eliminate discomfort during the procedure. Although a treated tooth might be tender for a few days after treatment, most patients notice significantly reduced sensitivity in the affected tooth.
4. Root canal treatment is designed to preserve a natural tooth. If you develop an infection in the inner tissue of your tooth, antibiotics alone will not be sufficient to treat the issue. Rather than removing the permanent tooth, a root canal treatment can clean out the infection and then fill the tooth in to protect it from further damage. A single root canal treatment can preserve your tooth for decades, if not a lifetime.
5. Endodontists can help save a tooth following dental trauma. These specialists receive training in a wide range of dental treatments. Our doctor might be able to stabilize, or even reposition an injured tooth to prevent the need for extraction.
The most important takeaways: Endodontic treatment relieves tooth pain and is an alternative to extraction in many cases. Whenever possible, saving natural teeth preserves the function and appearance of your smile. A missing tooth can cause those surrounding it to shift into the empty space. This may impair the integrity of the bite.
Our doctor will work with you to find the best solution for dental pain with your safety and comfort in mind. To learn more about endodontics, or to schedule a root canal treatment, contact our endodontic office in Louisville, KY today.